The New Zealand Waffle
#stabfullframe x @oneillusa winning moment, by Jereme Aubertin.
If I were to design the next wave pool, it wouldn't resemble Kelly's or Wavegarden's. No, my creation would fire on two cylinders – a wedge!
Perhaps it wouldn't be as visually pleasing as Lemoore, it wouldn't have the variety of his fancy designer sections, but it'd pack more punch.
Remember when Josh Kerr tested the aerial potential of Kelly's? Perhaps you shouldn't... There'd be no need for hops and cheese whizz's here. And what about the pool trolls claiming predictability will be the downfall of events held at manmade locations? Solved.
There's nothing artificial about the image above however. It's 100% organic New Zealand refraction, the inspiration behind my design. Just out of frame, there's an island imparting a directional change on the incoming swell resulting in the green crisscross pattern you're currently admiring.
Jereme Aubertin, the man behind the lens, opted for the pre drone-era method to capture the natural phenomenon from this angle.
"The swell refraction from Rabbit Island has always fascinated me," he told Stab. "It's one of my favourite places to surf. It's a novelty zone, but super fun. The peaks pack double the punch when the swells meet up. Jordan Griffin is the figure in the water, trying to put himself in the right spot for one of the slingshot A-frames."
Jereme's jpg just earned itself the #stabfullframe x @oneillusa monthly prize. Remember to tag your finest captures #stabfullframe and @oneillusa to feature in our premium gallery. You just might win, score a prize pack from O'Neill and find your image up in lights.
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"Thanks again for this!" said Jereme on his win. "Every little bit helps pay for that chopper flight (laughs)."